[ US /ˈtʃæns/ ]
[ UK /t‍ʃˈɑːns/ ]
  1. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
    bad luck caused his downfall
    we ran into each other by pure chance
  2. a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible
    the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5
    if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife
  3. the possibility of future success
    his prospects as a writer are excellent
  4. a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
    now is your chance
    the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington
  5. a risk involving danger
    you take a chance when you let her drive
  1. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
    We find this idea in Plato
    She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
  2. be the case by chance
    I chanced to meet my old friend in the street
  3. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    When you buy these stocks you are gambling
  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
    a chance occurrence
    a casual meeting
    seek help from casual passers-by
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How To Use chance In A Sentence

  • So, no wonder the chancellor's keeping shtum. Times, Sunday Times
  • The euphoria reached phenomenal levels when the kids got a chance to share the stage with their stars.
  • Now, though, insurers find they are increasingly paying out for teenagers crashing expensive vehicles that they would not normally have the ghost of a chance of obtaining cover for.
  • Sony Pictures Animation has a full slate of films including the mouth-watering 3D comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which opened as the #1 movie in North America on September 18, Hotel Transylvania, now in pre-production and, in association with Columbia Pictures, The Smurfs, now in production. Anton Yelchin and Fred Armisen Join The Smurfs | /Film
  • I can find no legitimate references to the use of metallic, inorganic, or organic silver compounds as a sanitizer, disinfectant, or sterilizing agent. quaternary ammonium chloride compounds - Mixtures of compounds such as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, dioctyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, and octyl decyl dimethyl ammonium chloride are very commonly used as surface sanitizer; if you look at your household cleaners that claim disinfecting properties, there's a high percentage chance that you'll find a "quat". Question ;Microdyne
  • I thought I wouldn't get another chance to munge the name "I, Robot" again. June 2007
  • It's worth taking chances when you're shooting at a chance of fame and wealth.
  • The chancellor has declined to alter the co-determination of company decisions exercised by management and labor jointly.
  • Some random bluster and name-drop: "In 2005, we sponsored Rock the Vote, [garbled, something about wine], we got a chance to connect with President Obama then. "I want to see that invitation": D.C. 'Housewives' recap and fact-check (#8, Oct. 1)
  • High-quality sprinkler systems and new fireproof roofing materials, for example, can reduce the chance of fire.
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